"[A] crucial figure in the Russian arts and crafts movement" (Michael Patrick Hearn)
Illustrated by Ivan Bilibin
First edition of Bilibin's illustrated Russian folk tale – due to its large format and delicate binding, extremely difficult to find in such nice condition.
"The motifs of Old Russia and exotic India are whimsically interwoven here: the capital city of the fairy-land is surrounded by walls similar to those round the Solovetsky monastery in the White Sea." – Sergei Golynets
Bilibin was one of the major artists working in what Michael Patrick Hearn calls "the first heroic period of Russian children's book illustration." This flowering occurred alongside a folk art revival that took advantage of improved printing technology to produce new work in the medium of print and paper. Bilibin was a member of the circle that led the decorative arts rebirth in St. Petersburg, Mir iskusstva. In creating books like VOLGA, he "searched the countryside for rare costumes, architecture, and other decorative details to make his pictures for a series of Russian fairy tales as authentic as art history lessons" (Hearn).
Read more: Hearn, The Picture Book Revolution; Golynets, Ivan Bilibin, 10.
Petrograd [St. Petersburg]: I.I. Bilibina, 1904. 14.75'' x 12.25''. Original pictorial wrappers. Illustrated by Bilibin with 5 magnificent full page and several smaller color lithographs. Text in Russian. 16 pages. Spine carefully renewed, with repairs to corners and edges of wrappers.
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